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Krzysztof’s Stunning Zeovit Reef Tank

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Here’s another video in the Krzysztof series. This absolutely incredible tank uses zeovit and NP Reducing Biopellets. Flow is provided by 2 Tunze Turbelle Stream 6105, two Iwaki MD 55, Red Dragon 8000 l/h as a main pump. Calcium and alkalinity are maintained by dosing two-part using a Grotech Tec III. The tank is about 200 gallons, with a 75 gallon sump. We’re pretty sure we don’t need to say anything else. Enjoy!

PO4X4 Phosphate Remover Claims to be 4x More Efficient than GFO

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 10:33 am

Reef Interestes (RI), the company who brought us NP Reducing BioPellets and ReefPearls, has something new for us. PO4X4 Phosphate Remover is said to be chemically engineered polymer that can absorb approximately 4x more phosphates than most phosphate removing products. Other differences notes by the company are that PO4X4 will not leak nearly as much Iron-ions into the water column. RI states that “Almost every other iron based GFO is releasing iron-ions to the water up to 10 times more than natural seawater levels. This is tested and confirmed at the university of Wageningen, Holland.” One other advantage of PO4x4 is that the pellets do not clump together, and therefore can be used in fluidized reactors with lower flow.

PO4x4 Phosphate Remover is available in both 250ml and 500ml. A 250 ml package is said to remove 3ppm of phosphate and silicate from approximately 8,000 liters (2113 gallons) of fresh water, or 4,000 liters (1056 gallons) of saltwater.

photo credit: Coral Culture

Remember earlier this week, when we released the story about the man who walked into a fish store and poisoned rare fish? We had several snapshots of the creep walking through the store. Well, we now have actual footage shot from the security camera. In this clip, you will see this jerk repeatedly dumping what seems to by dry chlorine bleach. The man (if we can call him that) keeps walking around this main tank, looking to see if anyone is watching him, then pouring the powder into the display.

Helena police is still looking for this man, and still has no motive. The man befriended the store owner, then left without saying goodbye, at which point the owner got suspicious and noticed the animals dying. The description given by the police is: a white male, between 5′ 11″ and 6′, wearing blue jeans, red sweatshirt, black beanie, and black and white tennis shoes.

As upsetting as the store was with only photos, it’s just that much worse watching the video.


If you have any information, please call officers at 442-3233 or leave an anonymous tip via Crimestoppers by calling 443-2000 or visiting

10% Off ReefBrite LED Products at Premium Aquatics

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

We have a special deal for our Reef Tools readers. From now until May 8th, you can receive 10% off ReefBrite products at Premium Aquatics. Current products include the ReefBrite Compact LED Fixture in 12, 15, 24, 30, 36 and 48″ (available in blue, blue/white or white). Also included, are the Reef Brite Flex LED Strips, Reef Brite Mini Mag LEDs, and the ReefBrite 3 Watt Extreme LED Moon light.

Please visit Premium Aquatics and use promo code ReefTools10.

Who’s Got the Reef Munchies?

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

“Ya Man, come get a dime bag of Reef Munchies”

Reef Munchies fish food is designed to provide your fish with essential fats and amino acids. This dry fish food is made from premium natural ingredients.

The company’s goal was to make a high quality food, that contains no fillers, binders or artificial by-products. At this point there are 3 unique products available:

Saltwater Stank – for most reef herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
Freshwater Fuzz – for freshwater fish
Crustacean Krush – for freshwater shrimp

Want more great reasons for using Reef Munchies? How about restaurant-grade ingredients which are enriched with natural vitamins and minerals. And best of all, the food is dehydrated rather than freeze-dried.

Check out Reef Munchies for free samples (teaser bag)!!

Dead Rare Blue Whale May Have Choked on Netting

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

A dead rare blue whale was discovered by locals near Whangaui Beach, south of Waitotara. The 22.5 meter whale was already dead when it washed ashore, said the Conservation Department. The whale weighed in somewhere between 60 and 80 tonnes, and seemed to be completely emaciated.

“It has clearly suffered pretty badly. You can see that the ridge of the back caves away on each side … it certainly hasn’t been feeding. Particularly at this time of year, after they’ve been feeding over summer down in the Southern Ocean, they should be at their fattest,” said Anton van Helden, collection manager of marine mammals at Te Papa.

What may have happened, was that the whale was caught in netting or a rope, and unable to move.

photo by Department of Conservations

Man Walks Into a Fish Store and Poisons 70 Rare Fish

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 am

Is it only us, or are there more and more of these crazy stories these days. A man wearing a black beanie, light blue jeans, a faded red hooded sweatshirt with white lettering, and two different colored shoes (nice…) was seen on the store’s surveillance at around. The man walked into Underwater World, a Helena, Montana saltwater fish store and was seen pouring a powder into the tanks. A bit later, store owner Bob Kavajecz noticed that his fish, sea horses and other inhabitants were dying…the total worth was about $8,000. It is suspected that the powder used was dry chlorine bleach.

“When you see it, it is sickening. I can hardly watch it without crying,” Kavajecz said. The man had talked to the store owner, then was pouring the powder into the tanks when no one was looking. Kavajecz is working with the police to apprehend the suspect.

If after looking at these photos, you can be of any help, please call officers at 442-3233 or leave an anonymous tip via Crimestoppers by calling 443-2000 or visiting


If you remember, we wrote about $4,000 worth of corals being stolen just a few weeks ago.

Hot Aussie Scoly Coming to Diver’s Den Tonight

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Here’s a hot Aussie Scoly that is coming to LiveAquaria’s Diver’s Den tonight. This particular scoly has a brilliant green center, with yellow, purple, orange and red on the outer rim, and several bright pink stripes. We can’t wait to see who the proud owner is.

If you’re interested, remember to check out Diver’s Den tonight.

Reef Dynamics XRC2000 Update

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Earlier this week, we submitted part 1 of the Reef Dynamics XRC2000 Video, well, here is the complete version.

We left part one with the Reef Dynamics XRC2000 ready to be filled. If you’ve already watched part 1, skip ahead to 3:10 in the video timeline. You will see the skimmer being filled with the feed pump. The next shot is of the skimmer running. Oh man…so cool. Initially, the bubbles are about 13 to 14″ off the button. As the video continues, you can see that the chamber is now almost completely filled (only 7-8″ of the 3′ chamber are not full!) The use of several smaller pumps results in less turbulence than 1 large recirculating pump. Also, if one pump fails, the skimmer will continue to produce skimmate, whereas with one large pump, you’d have to replace it asap.

The video then skips to the next day, where the skimmer has been running for 24 hours. The feed rate is controlled by a schedule 80 ball valve. As far as airflow, each pump is running at about 14-15 liters per minute. As the bioload increases in the system, and the water-level in the skimmer itself drops, it will even out at 15 liters per minute. Now, take 15×7 (pumps) and you get a total of 105 liters/minute which can skim 2000 gallons with no problem.

Just to review, the Reef Dynamics XRC2000 is 16″ in diameter, the reaction chamber is 3′ tall, the transition plus the cup are another 2′ for a total of 60″. You can also see that RD added more holes the skimmer cup, to allow the absurd amount of air being pumped into the skimmer, a way to vent. Next, we get a perfect example of why you need a silencer on the skimmer drain.

Make sure to buy one of these for your next nano at Reef Dynamics.

Help ORA Name This Coral

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 11:11 am

ORA, who has recently released their Purple Undata, is ready to release their next coral. The new Echinopora looks like the Hollywood Stunner, came to ORA from Julian Sprung. Sprung was breaking down his outdoor aquarium last year, and informed ORA that the coral was originally purchased at a small coral shop in Germany. “It LOOKS like Hollywood stunner, and it certainly is E. lamellosa, but it may be that they entered the trade at different times, and possibly from different places, so there may be differences in the growth rate and final appearance.”

So, let’s all get creative, and help ORA pick a name:
Green Polyp Echinopora
Hollywood Stunner
Julian’s Chalice
Sprung’s Stunner

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